Welcoming 28

Today is my 28th birthday, and just like in previous years before, this one seems to have flown by right before my eyes.


Maybe a lot of it had to do with the majority of that time being spent recovering postpartum, changing diapers, making bottles, and adjusting to my new life as a mother. Perhaps another part of the equation has to do with how each passing year seems to go quicker than the one before it. Remember those days and years in childhood that seemed to drag on-and-on, even though looking back on that time now, the child and adolescent years came and went way too soon? Well, in adulthood, it seems easier for me to recognize the passing days while they are occurring rather than after the fact. This can be seen as both an amazing blessing and daunting reality.

On my 27th birthday, I chose ‘Perspective-Changing’ and ‘Life-Changing’ to describe my 26th year. During 26 I began a new job, found out I was pregnant, became a mother, and did my best at finding my way as a new parent. That’s a lot of change all at once, but said changes also grew me in a way that I didn’t know I could be grown. I found out that I was stronger than I thought and that I could handle and prosper in a changing environment, something this routine-lover didn’t know she had it in her.

I took some time this week to reflect on 27, and I chose one simple word to sum up the past year:



I am humbled to have had another year to smile, laugh, and experience life. As much as it pains me even now to say goodbye to another year and hello to a new, I am also reminded how lucky and blessed I am to have the opportunity to grow older. Our health is truly one of the most important things in our lives, and so many of us (including myself) take the fact that we wake up in the morning and can breathe, and move, and have independence for granted.


I am humbled to be a mother to the sweetest, kindest most loving little boy I could ever imagine. I am humbled to have been given this gift that is so precious, pure and the epitome of joy. If you ever doubt that there is good in this world, looking into the eyes of your baby and seeing the innocence is enough to make any wonderer a true believer.

I am humbled with how difficult and challenging motherhood can be. I have wanted to be called ‘mom’ my entire life, but I had no idea just how hard this role would be for me. There are days when I doubt my ability as a mom, and there are other (rare) days when I feel like I’ve got it all together. In all honesty, there are moments when I even mourn the loss of my pre-motherhood days and the freedom that came with. Some nights I actually look forward to putting him to sleep, but there are others where I miss his sweet toothy smile, and his warm cuddly body the second I put him down in his crib. Being a mom is work, hard work, but I feel so humbled to have the opportunity to experience all the moments that come along with it.


I am humbled at how rewarding motherhood is. I knew becoming a mom and watching my son grow would be a highlight of my life, but I had no idea how much his smiles, giggles and playfulness would warm my heart while providing the reassurance I sometimes need that I’m doing a ‘good’ job as a parent. I am also humbled at how silly and resilient I can be when it comes to seeing Jack happy. I would go to the end of the earth if it meant I could hear his sweet laughter each day.


I am humbled to have many many jobs: the gift to stay home with my son, the opportunity to go to an office a couple days, and the ability to run my own business from the comforts of my own home. Some days can feel overwhelming trying to fit it all in while making sure Jack gets the majority of my attention, but it is also incredible to be able to make my own schedule, spend most of my week with Jack, and still be able to contribute to our family’s finances. I prayed and prayed while pregnant with Jack about what to do when it came to my job. I worried myself silly debating whether to stay home or go back, and God not only opened a door and gave me His answer, but he did it in a way that reminded me to not doubt His plan.

I am humbled looking back over the past 10 years – since I was 18 – and realizing that so much has changed and so much has still remained the same. I am slowly coming to terms with the fact that God sometimes uses our greatest barriers and obstacles to direct us back to Him. If we didn’t have trials and tribulations we wouldn’t need God and His help. Hard moments can be seen as either a blessing or a burden, but as I get older I’m recognizing the need for these times that bring me back seeking, praying and yearning for Him.

For year 28, I am looking forward to continuing to grow as a wife and mother, working to grow my Beautycounter business and share my passion for safe products, to follow my dreams of writing, and to pray, pray, and pray by giving my worries to God. So starts a new, beautiful, adventurous, and memory-making year. Cheers!



  1. Humbled is such a fantastic word. I love how you look back on the previous year. Happy birthday, Jana! I wish this year to be even better! (PS Hearing A say mom is the sweetest thing. It makes every day better!)
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    • HappyWifeHealthyLife says:

      Thank you lady! And yes, listening to our babies say ‘mama’ is the BEST!!

  2. Beautifully written, friend! Happy birthday to you! Humbled is a great word to sum up such a life-changing year, and I can tell you’ve grown so much!
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    • HappyWifeHealthyLife says:

      Thank you lady! This past year has grown me in so many ways! It’s amazing how a baby can change your life in all areas!

  3. I love this and I agree. Happy Birthday!
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